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Biology student at the University of St. Thomas - Houston uses microscopeThe living, breathing world around us is full of wonders – some well understood, others still mysterious. If you’re eager to uncover the facts about birth, life and death, consider a future in biology, the science of life and living things.

Experience the best of both worlds: exceptional research opportunities typically found only at much larger universities, plus personal mentorship unique to small classes and labs. You’ll be well-prepared for med school, grad school or a rewarding career in biology.

  • Study the rapid and amazing advances of biology today.
  • Exciting life sciences curriculum emphasizes the full range of this dynamic field, from the biology of ecosystems and organisms to cells and molecules, in an evolutionary context.

degree plan

  • BS degree emphasizes research and laboratory experience and requires additional courses in biology.
  • All BS students complete a laboratory or field project under the direction of a faculty member, and prepare a scientific research article describing their research.

degree plan

  • Unique major comprises a concentration of courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and physics.
  • Become solidly grounded in the biologically relevant areas of genetics, molecular and cell biology.
  • Get training in both the theoretical and practical aspects behind data manipulation.

degree plan

  • Curriculum is concentrated in the areas of genetics, cell and molecular biology.
  • Emphasizes critical evaluation of scientific data, performance of sound experiments and tools for effective communication.
  • Complete a minimum of 11 labs and spend at least 100 hours working on an independent research project outside class under the supervision of a biology professor.

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Scientists Are In Hot Demand

Two University of St. Thomas - Houston biology students do research with microscopesDid you know that leading companies and medical centers are seeking out well-trained scientists now more than ever before? The natural world constantly changes, creating an ongoing need for well-educated doctors, medical researchers, therapists, biologists, medical consultants and more.

Top grad school and research programs like Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center compliment our department on how well-prepared students are. UST Biology grads who apply to these programs have an acceptance rate of 90%.

Do Big Things
in the Center for Science and Health Professions

The Center features cutting-edge equipment typically found only at much larger universities, including the highly innovative Anatomage table.

Learn Science By Doing Science

Two students do research in University of St. Thomas - Houston biology labUST Biology faculty closely mentor every student with the intention of giving you the best foundation possible for the rest of your life. We encourage our students to think, experiment and discover science in a way that readies them for the real world. As a result, our students exhibit exceptional critical thinking skills, a strong ethical code and a passion for exploration.

When you learn science by doing science, you get a fulfilling job in your field. We give you the tools to rock the science field in your own way. Most students score higher than the national average on the MCAT, putting them at the top of recruitment lists.

Christopher Anderson, University of St. Thomas - Houston biology graduate

The professors at UST gave in-depth lectures, requiring us to apply that knowledge during labs. This made us think critically, like scientists do.

Christopher Anderson BS in Biology, 2015


Toni Martinez serving as peer mentor during instructional session at STEM success center on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TexasThe more traditional STEM professions (physician, dentist, pharmacist, etc.) will require you to continue your education beyond UST. But there are other STEM jobs that do not require an advanced degree. They include:

  • food science
  • research or pharmacy tech
  • analysts
  • science communication and journalism
  • oil and gas
  • environmental science

The STEM Success Center can help you set goals and develop a career plan.

You also have access to the center's peer mentoring program. Peer mentors hold regular sessions for test review, one-on-one help and study skills with subjects including biology, chemistry, math, physics and engineering.

Students indicate the program has helped them score 25+ points higher on their exams. Learn more by visiting the center's Facebook or Twitter page.